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Abeds gives to charities

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TWO?LOCAL?charities have received a donation from the Abed Charitable Foundation, started in memory of well known businessman Shouket Abed.
Donations were made recently to the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, as well as to the Bridge of Hope, by Abed’s widow Milly Abed.
Mrs Abed explained that the family wanted to carry on Abed’s legacy by following his example of giving to those in need. And the family has vowed to continue their support to causes honouring their patriarch’s name and legacy.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados was immediate past president Mary Thompson, who said the funds would go towards costs associated with programmes run at the local shelter for battered and abused women.
“These funds will be used to purchase assessment tools for the children of the battered women we assist, many of whom have shown signs of trauma linked to the abuse suffered by their mothers.
“I want to publicly commend the Abed Charitable Foundation for recognizing this as an issue requiring serious support, because most persons are aware of the cause but fail to provide tangible support,” said Thompson.
Father Clement Paul, in representing the Bridge of Hope Foundation, said the donation by the Abed family would go a long way in financing the assistance they provide to more than 60 families affected by the AIDS virus.
“Our programme, run by Sister Angilla Corraspe of the Roman Catholic Church, distributes basic foodstuff on a monthly basis to these families, and in some cases clothing and schooling.
“Although Governments and other agencies provide assistance to these families there are those who fall through the cracks, and these are the ones we target.
“However, it is a costly undertaking, which makes this donation very valuable at a time when the economic recession has reduced individuals’ capacity  to provide assistance to this cause,” said Paul.